Seven Evergreen Pro Reviewed | SoCal Cyclist
What happens when you take all the best parts of east coast passion, design and engineering and put that to the test on west coast terrain? You get a blend of bliss the likes you have never seen on a gravel bike. Seven is a legendary brand in cycling that has it's roots in the pre carbon, titanium craft bicycle world. Although today seen as a boutique frame builder, there was a time when the majority of the pro peloton were moving away from steel frames to aluminum and titanium. Seven has now made a splash into the intensely growing era of gravel bikes. Like a square uncle admitting rap music is no longer a phase, the most traditional of cyclists now know that gravel, like rap music is here to stay.
The Seven Evergreen Pro is neither cyclocross bike or endurance bike but with a few tweaks such as tire choice can be a good candidate for either. It's own category of gravel specific rig is what it's designed for and that's where it excels. Even within the world of Gravel, Groad or whatever else you want to call it, your day on the bike can be an adventure. Mixed surfaces and terrain from flat asphalt to a bit of technical single track requires a bike that has diverse utility. This is what the Seven Evergreen Pro can do.
The Seven Evergreen Pro is artwork on wheels and the ride quality and handling is just as beautiful.
The Seven Evergreen Pro is an absolute stunner of a bicycle that looks good on any trail as well as a piece of artwork being displayed in a fancy hotel lobby. It has carbon fiber tubes that has titanium lugs. The contrast is striking from afar and the bead welds can only be done by a true craftsman. It's not all aesthetics, there is function to the laser cut ti lugs which gives it a bit of snap as well as compliance. The bike is built up with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Top of the line groups and the rest is specced out with DT Swiss disc wheelset with buttery smooth Chris King hubs, 40mm Schwalbe G One tires with a light tread pattern. Perfect for SoCal's mixed terrain. The cockpit is Deda 35 handlebar and stem. It's perfect for having a wider grip on the bars. Seatpost is also Deda with a Fizik Aliante saddle. The headset and bottle cages are all Chris King.
That is a lot of top end hardware on this machine. It keeps it very crisp, light and functioning flawlessly. How does it ride? It is perfectly smooth and can handle itself at top speeds. Although not considered a light bike, the Seven worked well up some of the stepper pitches never feeling under geared. The rear cassette topped out at 32 tooth and the front end is a double mid compact chainring. The front derailleur worked flawlessly and the new Di2 front shifter gives you a touch more real estate to shift rather than the old shifters. A plus if you like to wear long fingered gloves. The bike did not go with a one by option as many new brands are making standard these days. When testing the Seven we did not throw caution to the wind and ride it recklessly. There is something to be said for a beautiful carbon and ti lugged frame and having a stray rock strike it would be akin to spitting on the Mona Lisa. That being said, this bike wants to go fast and can handle itself in a variety of terrain.
We were a touch limited with our equipment that we added to the bike. Instead of SPD type pedals we used speedplay road pedals and shoes which made clipping out and in a little less frequent. The disc brakes are smooth showing no sign of the annoying disc rotor hum that doubles as a signal to others. These made no noise and handled itself on some of the steeper descents. The Schwalbe tires which were at 40mm are true gravel tire. It features more of a fine tread combined with a lighter PSI hugged every turn, felt stable and did not wash out. Although not legal in some cyclocross races due to width, you can always switch it out to accommodate conditions. While not needed the bike is not meant for shouldering although it can be done. The top tube is more sloped than most other CX bikes but in the occasional stream crossing can do just fine instead of multiple barriers of a CX race. Up close the bike really shines, if you look closely the weld beads are perfect and the area where the carbon meets the titanium is down right striking.
Everything on this bike works incredibly well. Out of the saddle, it snaps but is not twitchy. On long distance days it does not send energy into joints that make you sore unwilling to keep going. Functionally, everything is in place. The Di2 battery is tucked neatly under the stem. The Chris King bottle cages hold the bottles easily in place in the bumpiest of sections without marking up any of them. The bars have a bit of a wider diameter and although not flared, have a perfect grip on some of the more jarring terrain. The only mismatch was the computer mount. It was mountain on a stem rather than an out front mount. When we placed a Garmin 510 on the stem, it would not turn fully to lock because it kept on hitting the stem. The Garmin fit nicely in a jersey pocket though.
For a company that is rooted in the east coast, it's safe to say that this model can be ridden to it's highest potential anywhere. When it comes to gravel like it's roadie cousin, carbon frames are predominant. The Seven Evergreen is not merely an alternative but rather a choice than can in many ways elevate anyone's cycling game.
These bikes are made in the USA and do not follow some of the other big brand methods of mailing a bike direct to the consumer. There are several options on how to get a Seven in your hands and on your favorite trails. You can contact Seven directly and have them build you a custom rig if your needs require that extra bit of specialization. You can have them create just about any dimension in order to fit your riding style. They way to do this is to order by visiting one of the local retailers and go through them. The added benefit being, that the shop (In this case Summer Cycles) is extremely knowledgable and helpful when it comes to getting you set up which can include professional fitting and cleat alignment. The entire process is not a quick turnaround and the machine's don't come from a slow boat on the other side of the world either. These are truly crafted pieces built by skilled hands. For a custom bike it can take anywhere from 2-5 weeks. What's that saying? Good things come to those who....?
In an age of minimalist, stripped down, matte black and albeit more functional setups, the Seven Evergreen Pro stands out in the peloton as well as the trail. While the Seven is also very functional, that is not the only factor that is taken into account. It is stylish with one of the most beautiful frame and fork setups we have ever seen. You can go all titanium and all carbon as well. The ride qualities will change with that but this is a great combo for the frames of the lugged variety. It is interesting to note that all of the decals that are on the frame, frame downtime to fork are not clear coated onto the carbon. When rubbing your hands across them, you can feel the decals. Not an issue now but it is unknown, after lots of grime and bike washes how long the decals will stay on the frame. It would be a disservice if people did not know the name of this brand.
All of this bike spec does not come cheap. There is a reason why some of the big manufacturers don't put in the time to create their own version of the carbon /Ti lugged frame. That is of course two things, cost and craftsmanship. Yes. Maybe the market is screaming for carbon frames out of a mold but to the discerning cyclist they will pay a premium for this product.
We reached out to Seven cycles for their thoughts and comments on the bike. Even though they are a coast away, we share the love and understanding of a beautifully crafted machine. John Lewis of Seven said "The Evergreen PRO is a particularly interesting bike in our line, because it incorporates much more carbon fiber than we might normally design into a mixed-terrain bike. As a material, carbon fiber is good at being both light and stiff, and those can be very positive characteristics, although, in the woods or on rough roads, titanium is probably a more common sense choice, since it does a better job of absorbing shock than carbon fiber does." One of the ways the bike is so compliant was the perfect blend of using the right amount of materials on the frame. John states "With the Evergreen PRO, then, the big challenge was bringing all the performance advantages of the carbon fiber, while maintaining the vertical compliance riders want when they're off pavement. We do that in two ways. First we thinned out the titanium lugs to maximize the compliance at critical junctures like the bottom bracket and seat clusters. Then we opted for titanium chainstays, which gives us a few benefits. The shape and nature of those chainstays acts as a de facto suspension, which smoothes out rough terrain. At the same time, it does a superior job of holding the rear wheel on the ground, so you get added traction." He later comments on the first thing people notice about the bike. The aesthetic. "People seem to love that lugged aesthetic, and we put quite a bit of time in with the laser cutter to get a good functional shape that also looks good. That's sort of the magic of lugs, isn't it? At the same time, being able to utilize a super thin tube wall helped us avoid the age-old problem of excess weight. Most the wall thickness of the tubing in the Evergreen PRO comes from the carbon fiber tubing, which is lighter than a similarly thick lug would be, by far."
In short, the people at Seven know what they are doing and you owe it to your time spent cycling to know how to ride the Seven Evergreen Pro to its truest potential.
Product Tested: Seven Evergreen Pro, 54 cm, DT Swiss RR 411 wheels with Dura Ace Di2 group set, Fizik Saddle and Deda Cockpit and seat post.
*Used own road Speedplay Pedals
Price: $12,291 as tested
$8,959 is the starting price
• Legendary build and ride quality.
• Marriage of carbon and titanium lugs
• Go anywhere do anything build
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